Jean-Claude Van Damme’s son is feeling the long arm of the law after being arrested in Tempe, Arizona, for allegedly holding his roommate at knifepoint in what appears to be a bizarre incident.
According to Arizona’s Fox 10 news, 21-year-old Nicholas Van Varenberg (the youngest son of Van Damme, 56) is facing numerous charges after he allegedly caused a disturbance in his apartment building, punching the side of an elevator and injuring his hand enough to leave a trail of blood that led to the arrest.
“There was a blood trail that led back to Nicholas’ apartment where Tempe PD conducted a welfare check and spoke with Nicholas and roommate,” Tempe PD’s Ron Elcock told Fox 10 News.
After police left, Van Varenberg “confronted his roommate about answering the door for police,” added Elcock.
About 20 minutes later, police were able to contact Van Varenberg’s roommate — and that’s when things allegedly got weird.
“He advised Nicholas held him at knifepoint and refused to allow him to leave the apartment,” explained Elcock. “A search warrant was executed where the knife, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seized.”
Van Varenberg was arrested and booked into the Tempe City Jail, and faces charges of aggravated assault with deadly weapons, unlawful imprisonment, assault — causing fear of injury, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.
Van Varenberg was eventually released from jail after posting a $10,000 bond. He was ordered to keep away from the apartment and find a new place to live while he waits for a court date.